Graduate School

Visiting the School


Prospective students are encouraged to visit the AA. Individual or group visits for those interested in applying can also be arranged with advance notice. For further details please contact the Graduate Admissions Team on
T + 44 (0) 20 7887 4007/4067 or graduateadmissions@aaschool.ac.uk.

Institution / School Validation


The AA School achieved the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Review for Educational Oversight with full confidence in 2012, plus a successful QAA Annual Monitoring visit in 2013, and maintains Highly Trusted Sponsor status with the Home Office / UK Border Agency.

Degree Validation


The AA is an Approved Institution and Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University (OU), UK. All taught graduate courses at the AA are validated by The OU. The OU is the awarding body for research degrees at the AA.

Application Procedure


The AA is a private institution and anyone interested in applying must:

  • Complete the online application form;
  • Pay the relevant application fee; and
  • Submit a portfolio of design work (All applicants with the exception of History and Critical Thinking and Building Conservation)

before the deadlines below to be considered for the 2014/15 academic year.
The Graduate School does not insist on an interview as a condition of entry. However, applicants are encouraged, if possible, to visit the AA for an interview with the programme’s academic staff before applying. Appointments can be made through the Graduate Admissions Team.
Upon signing the application form applicants certify that the work submitted is entirely their own. Plagiarism is unacceptable in the academic setting. Students are subject to penalties including dismissal from the course if they commit an act of plagiarism.

Online Application


Graduate applicants for the 2014/2015 academic year are invited to use the online application system.

If you have any enquiries, please email graduateadmissions@aaschool.ac.uk. If you would like to comment on the application system, have any questions, report any bugs or experience any difficulties with payment, please email aadp@aaschool.ac.uk

Application Deadlines


Optional Early-Offer Applications close on Friday 29 November 2013 (£40 fee).*

Early (Winter) applications close Friday 31 January 2014 (£40 fee). Final deadline for students wishing to apply for a bursary.*

Late (Spring) applications close Friday 14 March 2014 (£60 fee).

Applications made after this date may be accepted at the discretion of the school.

* Students wishing to apply for a bursary must apply before either the Optional Early-Offer or the Early (Winter) deadline.

Graduate Programmes Entry Requirements


Minimum Academic Requirements


MA History & Critical Thinking (12 months)
Second Class Honours or above degree in architecture or a related discipline from a British university, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard (from a course no less than three years in a university or educational institution of university rank).

MA Housing & Urbanism (12 months)
Second Class Honours or above degree in architecture or a related discipline from a British university, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard (from a course no less than three years in a university or educational institution of university rank).

MArch Housing & Urbanism (16 months)
Five-year professional degree in architecture or a related discipline (BArch/ Diploma equivalent)

MA Landscape Urbanism (12 months)
Professional degree or diploma in architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism or other relevant disciplines

MArch in Architecture & Urbanism (Design Research Laboratory) (16 months)
Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent)

MSc Emergent Technologies & Design (12 months)
Professional degree or diploma in architecture, engineering, industrial/product design or other relevant discipline

MArch Emergent Technologies & Design (16 months)
Five-year professional architectural degree or diploma in architecture, engineering, industrial/product design or other relevant discipline (BArch/Diploma equivalent)

MSc Sustainable Environmental Design (12 months)
Professional degree or diploma in architecture, engineering or other relevant discipline

MArch Sustainable Environmental Design (16 months)
Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent)

Graduate Diploma in Building Conservation (day-release)
Open to students/professionals with Part 2 (ARB/RIBA) or equivalent recognised qualifications. Suitably qualified members of other disciplines (e.g., surveyors, planners) may be considered.

MArch Design & Make (16 months)
Five-year professional architectural degree (BArch/Diploma equivalent). Please note that this programme is based at Hooke Park in Dorset, not at our London Bedford Square address.

Post Graduate Diploma in Spatial Performance & Design (AAIS) (12 months; 24 months part time)
Second Class or above Honours Degree in architecture or a related discipline from a British University or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard (from a course lasting not less than three years in a university or educational institution of university rank).

Taught MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities) (20 months)
Open to candidates with a four or five-year degree in architecture (BArch/Diploma equivalent).

MPhil or PhD candidates
Candidates for MPhil/PhD research degrees must already hold an appropriate post professional Master’s degree in their proposed area of MPhil/PhD research. Applicants for PhD in Architectural Design must also hold a five-year professional degree in architecture and will be expected to submit a design portfolio.

Reference Requirements


Applicants must submit two references with the online application form: one related to work experience, the other academic. If the applicant has no work experience two academic references are required. References must be on headed paper and signed. No application will be considered before two references have been received.

Portfolio Requirements


With the exception of History and Critical Thinking and Building Conservation, all applicants are required to submit a portfolio of design work (no larger than A4 format) showing a combination of both academic and professional work (if applicable). CDs/DVDs of additional material are also accepted but only when accompanying a printed hard-copy portfolio. Portfolios must be accompanied by the completed Portfolio Cover Sheet (pdf).

Portfolios will only be returned if requested and a £50 postage fee is paid in advance, or if the portfolio is picked up in person from the AA on a date prearranged with the Graduate Admissions Team.

English Language Requirements


To meet both the AA and the Home Office / UK Border Agency English language requirements you will need to have one of the acceptable language qualifications listed below, unless you are from one of the following groups:

  • You are a national of a majority English speaking country as defined per the list on the UKBA website; or
  • You have successfully completed an academic qualification of at least three years’ duration, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or above, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country as defined by the UKBA; or
  • You successfully completed a course in the UK as a Tier 4 (Child) student visa holder. The course must have lasted for at least six months, and must have ended no more than two years prior to your visa application.

If your place is conditional on providing English language qualification the following qualifications satisfy both the requirements of the Home Office / UK Border Agency and the entry requirements of the AA:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each category – two-year validity period: must be within the two years at time of CAS visa application.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English at grade C1 or C2.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English at grade C2.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) overall minimum of 63 with a score of at least 59 in each category.
  • Internet-based TOEFL – overall score of 90 with at least 22 for listening, 22 for reading, 23 for speaking and 23 for writing.

Applicants are required to meet the scores in each category and overall – we cannot accept lower scores.

The AA reserves the right to make a place in the school conditional on gaining a further English language qualification if deemed necessary. Any student without the required qualifications must register in an English language school and book and pass the required examination before 30 June 2014, prior to entry in Term 1.

Please note the English language qualification requirements are subject to frequent change as instructed by the Home Office / UK Border Agency and students must also take the responsibility of being up-to-date with all changes which can be accessed on the Home Office / UK Border Agency website www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Bursaries


The AA is committed to giving as many talented students as possible the opportunity to study. To apply for a bursary, new graduate students must complete the main application form no later than 31 January 2014 stating their interest in an AA bursary in the ‘Finances and Funding’ section.

Bursary application forms will be available upon an official offer of a place. Completed bursary forms are to be returned by the beginning of March. The Graduate Bursary Committee, which meets in March/April to distribute the awards, bases its decisions on programme directors recommendations and financial need. Bursary awards range from one to one-and-a-half terms, covering a proportion of student fees per year.

Assessment And Offers


Applications and portfolios are assessed by the programme director and a second academic member of staff. Academic entry requirements are assessed by the admissions team.

Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer letter from the AA and must send their documents via courier or post to the AA for verification (photocopies will not be accepted).

Applicants must send:

  • Original English Language Certificates. Applicants requiring a Visa must keep an addition Original Certificate for the Visa application.
  • All other Documents should be certified true copies. Applicants applying for a Visa must keep Original documents for your Visa application.

We will not return these documents to you and you are therefore advised to arrange additional copies should you require them for further use.

Once all the conditions have been met applicants will receive an unconditional offer letter.

Accepting Your Place


In order to secure a place at the AA the graduate admissions team must receive a completed signed admission form and a one-term non-refundable deposit by the due date stated on the admissions form.

Upon securing your place a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) can be issued for students who require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to study in the UK. This confirmation, together with other documentation, can be used by overseas students to apply for a visa. Please refer to the Home Office / UK Border Agency website for further information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Deferring


Applicants to the Graduate School cannot defer their offer.

Transfer Policy


Students entering the Graduate School at the beginning of an academic year have been offered a place in that programme only, and cannot switch between programmes. Students who wish to consider switching from one graduate programme to another must first formally withdraw from the programme into which they have entered, and then re-apply at the relevant time for any other programme in the School they are interested in joining; places in that programme cannot be guaranteed.

Fees


Fees for 2013/14* academic year:

  • MA/MSc: £21,510
  • MArch (16 months): £28,680
  • MPhil/PhD Research Degrees: £19,274
  • Taught MPhil in Architecture (Projective Cities) programme (20 months): £32,123
  • AAIS Postgraduate Diploma in Spatial Performance and Design (12 months full time): £16,560
  • AAIS Postgraduate Diploma in Spatial Performance and Design (24 months part time - two days per week) Tuition fee level for 2013/14: £6,624
  • AA Diploma Conservation of Historic Buildings (24 months part time, one day per week) Tuition fee level for 2013/14: £5,972

Please note: All Graduate students are required to pay an additional £95 AA Membership and Student Forum fee per year. This amount will be added to the Term 1 tuition fees.

Fees are payable in advance or on an annual or termly basis. A three percent discount is deducted if a full year’s fees are paid by 11 July 2014.

*Fees are subject to review annually.

Registration / Introduction Week


Introduction week commences on Monday 22 September 2014. Registration and events are arranged throughout the week to welcome new students to the school and London. The academic year starts on Monday 29 September 2014.

Accommodation


The AA does not have halls of residence, but it does offer an accommodation advice service which is organised by students for three weeks before the beginning of the academic year to provide information to help students find housing.

Contact


Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Admissions Team on +44 (0)20 7887 4007/4067 or graduateadmissions@aaschool.ac.uk




Contact

For Landscape Urbanism (MA)
Housing & Urbanism (MArch/MA)
Emergent Technologies & Design (MArch/MSc)
Spatial Performance & Design (AAIS) (Grad Dip/Cert)
Please contact Imogen Evans on:
T +44 (0)20 7887 4067
evans_im@aaschool.ac.uk


For Architecture & Urbanism (MArch)
Design & Make (MArch)
Sustainable Environmental Design (MArch/MSc)
History & Critical Thinking (MA)
Projective Cities (MPhil)
PhD
Conservation of Historic Buildings (Grad Dip/Cert)
Please contact Saira Soarez on:
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4007
saira.soarez@aaschool.ac.uk

Links & Downloads

Graduate Prospectus
Prospectus


How to Apply Graduate

Online Graduate Application 2014/15

Portfolio Cover Sheet

Read Graduate FAQs

AA School Academic Regulations

AA Student Handbook

Accommodation and Living Expenses Guidelines

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